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      Building Wisely            
An elderly carpenter was ready to retire.
 He told his employer contractor of his plans
to leave the house-building business and
live a more leisurely life with his wife
 and enjoy his
extended family. He would miss the paycheck,
but he needed to retire. They could get by.
The contractor was sorry to see one of his best
 workers go as he always did high-quality
work and didn't cut corners, even in areas
that did not show.
 He asked if he could build him just one more
house as a personal favor before he retired.
 The carpenter said he would, and
began the project.
But as many phases of the project drew on, he
 became more and more anxious to retire and his
heart was not in his work. He wanted to get
 it finished quickly so he resorted to shoddy
 workmanship, compromised quality
for time where
 ever he could and used inferior materials.
He told himself that since this was the
 last job he would do, it didn't matter.
When the carpenter finally finished his work,
 he informed the employer so that he
 could come to inspect the house.
To the carpenter's surprise, the contractor
handed him the front-door key. "This
is your house," he said, "my gift to you for
being a dedicated and quality craftsman."
 The carpenter was shocked! If he had
only known he was building
 his own house, he would have done
 it all so differently.
So it is with us. We build our lives,
a day at a time, often putting less than
our best into the
building. Then with a shock we realize we
 have to live in the house we have built.
If we could do it over, we'd do it much
 differently. But we cannot go back.
You are the carpenter. Each day you hammer
 a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. "Life is a
do-it-yourself project," someone has
said. Your
attitudes and the choices you make today,
 build the "house" you live in tomorrow.
Build wisely!

Author Unknown

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